All media like to report on quirky stories involving nature and humans.
The latest concerns a car, somewhere in the United States, falling into a sinkhole. What interested me was the commentary. The man had no idea that he had dropped a priceless pun, when he said "officials were on the scene of the sinkhole and looking into it".
I recall a pun I read decades ago. It concerned an international incident, which happened on Thanksgiving on the way from the kitchen to the dining room, namely “the downfall of Turkey and the destruction of China”.
I had a similar experience yesterday, except that was not Thanksgiving, a chicken and not a turkey was involved, and it was no pun...or even slightly humorous...and no fun. I merely dropped a bowl of chicken gravy. The mess was bad enough, and I will miss several meals of leftovers.
The mess I caused might be the worst I have ever managed to achieve in a lifetime of making messes. This was not a simple case of gravy spilling on the floor. No, this was a marvelous spread caused by a bowl slipping out of my hand and careening down several refrigerator shelves to the floor. The only positive was the bowl not smashing.
Needless to say, gravy is greasy and splashes rather nicely. I was forced to dissemble the refrigerator and wipe off the contents. I even unscrewed parts, which let me clean spots that had never seen the light of day or taint of cleaning fluid. Some parts of the refrigerator have not been so clean since leaving the factory.
Afterwards, I considered where I went wrong. Of course, I kicked myself (well, believe me, I would have if I could) for dropping the bowl, but that was not the prime mistake. I should not have transferred the gravy from the pan to a bowl, which I thought would make stowage easier. I might have had to rearrange the full refrigerator, but I would not have dropped a pan.
After some thought, perhaps a pun can be spun. Today, “After its downfall, Greece was wiped out”. This is not a headline anyone would wish to read, but current economic turmoil could turn my bad pun into worse reality.
My daughter complained about this blog having too much content about religion. It's not my fault that this topic is so prominent in human life. That said, I'll offer some humor for the thinking man (or woman): a few puns. I take credit for none of these; I'm not that clever. I have collected these from various sources and tip my hat to the creators.
If she bothers to read this, my daughter might learn something...
Failure is the path of least persistence.
He who throws mud loses ground.
Success is more attitude than aptitude.
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
He who laughs, lasts.
The difference between a champ and a chump is u.
Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.
When you feel yourself feeling green with envy, you're ripe to be plucked.
Triumph is just umph added to try.
Having a sharp tongue can cut your own throat.
Minds are like parachutes; they function only when open.
To keep your mind clean and healthy, change it every once in a while.
People who never make a mistake never make anything else.
Don't be a carbon copy of anyone; make your own impression.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.